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Liberate Your Art
The ordinary-sized stuff which is our lives, the things people write poetry about—clouds—daffodils—waterfalls—what happens in a cup of coffee when the cream goes in—these things are full of mystery, as mysterious to us as the heavens were to the Greeks.
~from Arcadia, Tom Stoppard
Ailsa’s theme this week was in keeping with how I’ve spent my time in recent days. I’ve been trying to return a dirty, tired, leaking pond to its beautiful water feature self. Under the muck and misaligned rocks, I know it is there. After a lot of moving of rocks, water, and plants that had taken over, the stream has been rebuilt, the pond refilled, and a new pump installed. FLOW has been achieved!
I was so happy to hear the sound of water falling. I love the soothing, melodic sound.
Unfortunately, the pond still appears to be loosing water. I’ve located one source but have more work to do before I can put the plants back in place and buy some fish. One bad sign: a blue heron has been sighted flying overhead a few times. He’s been quiet, but I’m sure he’s thinking: Dinner! There will be no expensive koi for him though: my fish will be guarded!
Here are a few other entries. Be sure to check out Where’s My Backpack for others.
Kinda bored with looking for a quote this week — a little low on the blogging mojo. Let’s liven this up a bit. What quote would you put with this photo? Add yours or a quote from someone else in the comments section! Looking forward to what you have to add. Shout out to the one I consider the “winner”. (Sorry, but in this corner of the blogosphere, that’s all you get! :-) Consider it like one of those “awards”, but there are no silly questions to answer or quotas on blogs to tag! )
“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
- Norman Vincent Peale
Gardens are not made by singing “Oh how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade. ~ Rudyard Kipling
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge was “In The Background“. Although I think the idea was more oneself as a reflection – and part of me is definitely front & center in this photo — this is still my contribution to the challenge. When the garden is planted and in bloom, the gardener will be in the background. The blooms will be the stars of the show! Think of this as a visual synecdoche; my gloves and soiled gardening clothes representing all of me.
All creatures travel different paths.
Linking to the weekly Travel Theme brought to you by Ailsa at Where’s My BackPack. This week’s theme: Pathways. I took this photo several months ago while on vacation. How I wish my daily path could be along a beach!
Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see.
– Edward Degas
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
– George Cooper
My mother, when she was less than 1/2 the age I am now:
Happy Mother’s Day!